James Ibori to be extradited to UK: Dubai Court Rules





A Dubai court of First Instance today ruled that the former governor of Delta state, James Ibori, has case to answer in the UK.

The court therefore ruled that Ibori be extradited to the United Kingdom to face charges of money laundering, credit card fraud and official theft. UK authorities have successfully prosecuted Ibori’s sister, Christine Ibie-Ibori, and his mistress, Udoamaka Okoronkwo (nee Onuigbo) on those charges. Both women are serving jail terms in a UK prison.

Ibori’s wife, Theresa Nkoyo, and one of his UK-based lawyers, Bhadresh Gohil are also currently facing trial in a London courtroom. A legal analyst familiar with the evidence against them told Saharareporters that they are likely to be convicted and sentenced to jail terms as well.

A source close to Ibori said that the former governor was distraught by the verdict as some of his friends in Dubai had promised him that they could reach the judge and get him a favorable ruling. “I can assure you that Chief Ibori will ask his lawyers to file an appeal before the appellate court in the UAE,” said the source.

Mr. Ibori has 30 days to file for and receive an appellate decision.

Ibori’s associates in Nigeria had been preparing for a victorious outcome for him. In fact, several sources close to him revealed that he had ordered the renovation of his country home in Oghara, Delta State, for what he envisaged as a triumphant return. Instead, as one UK prosecutor put it this morning, “the day of reckoning for this fugitive in a UK court is near at hand.”

Last week, Turai Yar’adua, the wife of former Nigerian ruler Umaru Yar’adua reportedly visited Mr. Ibori in Dubai. Former Governor Ibori was a close associate and confidante of Mr. Yar’adua who died last May. One source said Turai Yar’adua’s visit to Ibori was to express her gratitude for all Ibori did to sustain her late husband in power. Mrs. Yar’adua had earlier traveled to Saudi Arabia to mark the end of her mourning period and to perform the lesser hajj-(Umrah), according to a source close to her.

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  • Asaba
    18 October 2010 at 11:21 AM - Reply

    This man is an embarrassment to human being. A total scumbag.

  • viral enaghinor
    15 February 2012 at 8:04 AM - Reply

    ibori his to be free and to be a leader as our president not good Luke we did not know good Luke as our president he is just a common man non as a big fool mu mu we need James ibori to be our president in Nigeria it not Nigeria will go down please we beg UK to live our president alone
    we need ibori we love ibori he is our president please let him be for our nation to be in peace not in pieces……

    viral enaghinor one of the richest man in UK